Talking of carbon oars, I am finally refurbishing the second hand pairs I bought for Langstone Cutters' sculling boats.
The rubbish paint has been stripped off, and the question now is: what is the best paint to use on a plastic surface?
Yesterday, by a startling coincidence, I used another pair of the identical blades, which were made in Germany and supplied by George Sims sometime in the last millenium.
They were fitted in Dragonfly, a lovely double skiff designed by Ed Wilkinson and built in strip plank. She is slender and quick but weathercocks rather a lot in a bit of wind, probably because of the relatively high freeboard. I rowed her back down the Hamble from Botley against a brisk wind funneling up the valley (more on this trip later).
I asked the owners (Ed's mum and dad) about the paint they had used on the very smart pairs of Sims blades, and they said it was ordinary enamel.
So unless any of you experts out there have any better ideas, my blades will be coated in the residue of the vivid scarlet paint I bought for Snarleyow's wooden oars.
|Dragonfly at the top of the Hamble, with the Meakins' Kingfisher, an Ian Oughtred design.|